MEF is the enabling force for developing and implementing agile, assured and orchestrated Third Network services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world.
MEF facilitates industry-neutral implementation environments for service orchestration (OpenLSO) and L2-L7 connectivity services (OpenCS) based on Open Source, SDN and NFV, as well as current commercial PNF products.
MEF’s Certification programs have led to certification of compliance to MEF standards by the majority of industry leading companies.
MEF provides a broad range of marketing capabilities that provide MEF members of all sizes and in all geographic locations with unique, powerful and cost-effective customer-networking and profile-raising opportunities.
- Advance visibility into relevant industry technical standards developments
- Ability to influence standards to align with corporate objectives
- As a key contributor, achieve thought leadership among MEF’s 130+ SP members
- Obtain corporate and individual visibility and recognition via participation in MEF’s marketing activities
MEF members include Tier 1, 2 and 3 service providers, hardware and OSS/orchestration software providers, as well as test labs, test equipment and test software providers.
Our membership is global with approximately 50% from North America, 23% from APAC, 21% from EMEA and 6% from CALA.
Quarterly Members Meetings
The MEF membership meets quarterly in January, April, July/August and October each year. The 4-day meetings take place in North America (3x) and Europe (1x) with typically 150-250 attendees.
These meetings are important for influencing MEF work and for networking informally with industry thought leaders, subject matter experts, customers and prospects at cocktail receptions, corridor meetings and evening dinners.
Between meetings, projects are progressed via a collaborative wiki workspace and online meetings. MEF provides GoTo Meeting for all projects.
There is a single category of membership, principal company membership, with an annual fee of $17,250. There are no charges to participate at quarterly members meetings or in MEF’s LSO Hackathons. There is no limit on the number of individuals who can participate from a given member company.
Education and Marketing
MEF offers a variety of resources to help educate our members and promote the global adoption of our work.
MEF bulletins including quarterly meeting project summaries and highlight opportunities to participate in marketing activities.
Third Network News
Bringing together the topics of CE 2.0, LSO, SDN and NFV, this is MEF’s news site that is populated with relevant content such as articles, press releases, and videos. Third Network News serves to amplify the achievement of the MEF membership.
MEF White Papers
Members are encouraged to propose and contribute to the development of widely used MEF white papers.
MEF maintains a vast library of materials that member can use for internal training and external marketing purposes. MEF seminars and webinars presentations are also made available to members.
MEF17, MEF’s flagship global networking event, will be held on 13-16 November 2017, at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort in Orlando, Florida US with a target audience of 1,000+ attendees and 60 sponsors.
MEF Proof on Concept Showcase
MEF’s Proof of Concept Showcase spotlights innovations that promise to reshape the services and technology landscape.
MEF Awards Program
This prestigious program recognizes excellence and innovation in the emerging Third Network community. MEF’s awards program is the largest, longest-running in the world focused on Carrier Ethernet services and applications and is among the first in the industry to spotlight leadership in emerging dynamic Third Network services powered by CE 2.0, LSO, NFV and SDN networking technologies.
MEF hosts both public and members-only webinars on a range of topics. Members can initiate ideas for webinars and present on webinars based on approval from MEF’s Marketing Committee. Webinars typically draw an audience of more than 200 attendees.
MEF hosts half-day and full-day seminars that can be sponsored by MEF members. Speaking spots are available for MEF members. Seminar content is developed by MEF with input from MEF members and speakers. Company logos are displayed on the cover slides for each session.
Participation in Industry Events
MEF presents at dozens of industry events each year. MEF members with subject matter expertise may speak on behalf of MEF and are typically provided with free event passes. Speaker content is provided by MEF. MEF includes speakers’ company logos on the cover slides. Speaking opportunities provide high visibility at industry events and in associate with MEF’s brand.
Press Releases & Briefings
MEF engages regularly with the global press. MEF members are encouraged to contribute to MEF’s PR efforts by participating in interviews and articles. MEF shares its press releases with its membership. MEF also creates select joint press releases for special news stories initiated by members.
Analyst Relations & Member Surveys
MEF maintains regular communications with prominent analysts. MEF also conducts surveys regarding Service Provider requirements, often in conjunction with industry analysts. Survey results are made available to MEF members.
MEF uses social media channels to amplify the achievements of our membership. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
MEF Member Listings & MEF Logos
MEF members are listed on our Members Listing web page. MEF members are encouraged use the MEF logo on their web site and marketing materials.
MEF is a California-based, USA registered 501 c (6) industry association.